LADY ASHFORD: Then let me be clear that I have
understood. Your charge - your
LADY MANSFIELD: (fiercely protective)
That is enough!
DIDO sits staring at the floor. OLIVER cuts in, aggrieved. OLIVER: (to Lady Mansfield)
Is it not true enough, your
ladyship? LADY ASHFORD: whose unfortunate circumstances
of birth, we chose to forgive -
has decided she no longer wishes
the match with my son - a
gentleman and an officer.
OLIVER stares across at DIDO. He speaks quietly. OLIVER: Why, Miss Lindsay?
DIDO is silent.
LADY ASHFORD: (poignant and pained)
Do you feel I have any lesser need to
ensure my child’s wellbeing and
future than you?…(beat)…Does she
still have a tongue?
― Excerpt taken from script
I applaud the dramas choice to focus on Belle’s landlady, I’ve always found her scenes to be comforting with her watching the girls or nonchalantly protecting them. The last scene with her getting ready, was a sign that life does really go on. She could have been one of our heroines with her own strange issues, but she grew up and ended up fine and content.
I think what I’m trying to get at was, this character was the one person I want the girls to follow after, and who I personally hope I can become. Who better to have as a role model than an independent woman just living her life?
I did not say nearly enough about Belle’s Landlady during the run of the show but I agree with all of this. She was quietly protective and tried to make sure the girls were safe when they were in her house. But she didn’t try to cage them and went on her own adventures. I loved her style and I absolutely loved the scene with the pink diapers.
Maybe she managed to hide herself… She survived Crastor, and he was the worst shit I’ve ever met. She survived the long march to the Wall. She survived a White Walker for fuck’s sake!
She might have got out.
~Men of the Night’s Watch talking about Gilly’s odds of surviving the wildling sack of Mole’s Town.
For some reason this little talk the guys at Castle Black (which is turning into the zombie movie wrapped inside the fantasy film that is Game of Thrones) made me really happy.
Maybe because it’s one of the only times I recall the men in the show discussing a woman that didn’t involve sex. Not just that, but acknowledging that Gilly, soft spoken as she is, is tough as nails and resourceful.
Or maybe it was because it shut up Sam, who was busy making the probable death of a very nice girl and her infant son at the hands of cannibals all about him, and how he felt responsible.
Why make a list of Fierce Fictional Ladies We Love? Because we’re celebrating Women’s History Month, Buffy’s 20th anniversary (Slayer = Queen 4eva), and, well, honestly, who runs the world? Girls. So really we don’t need a reason for this post.